The Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) has recently received approval to release 5,000 sterile grass carp into Devils Lake. The announcement was made by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife following a lengthy review process by state and federal agencies to determine the potential impact of the fish on the local ecosystem. The fish have been ordered and are expected to arrive in early June.
Grass carp, also known as white amur, are a type of fish commonly used for aquatic vegetation control. The release of these fish is expected to help control the growth of nuisance plants such as Elodia and Vallisneria, which can negatively impact water quality and recreational activities on the lake.
It is important to note that these grass carp have been rendered sterile to prevent any potential breeding in the lake. The release of sterile fish is a common practice used by water management agencies to control aquatic vegetation while minimizing environmental impact.
More details about the release of the fish will be provided by the Devils Lake Water Improvement District in the coming weeks. The district will work closely with local stakeholders to ensure that the release is carried out in a safe and effective manner.
This release is part of ongoing efforts by the Devils Lake Water Improvement District to improve water quality and recreational opportunities for the local community. The district encourages residents and visitors to continue to support these efforts. The DLWID is committed to preserving and enhancing the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of Devils Lake. The release of sterile grass carp is just one of many initiatives that the district is undertaking to achieve this goal.